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Grant Procedures


Guidelines  for Graduate Student Grants and Awards — 2020-2021

Thanks to  generous private support, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies is able to  offer several different types of grants supporting graduate student research  and travel.

There are several types of grants available:

  • dissertation completion fellowship
  • summer stipends, including the Jack O. Spies and Family summer grant, and
  • several research and travel grants [listed below]
  • Jewish language instruction grants

 

Please make note that we have set up an email account for our grants program. Be sure to submit your applications to this account, otherwise the faculty review committee will not receive your materials. The email account is: grants_jewishstudies@unc.edu.

NOTE for 2021: Any student awarded a grant from the Center needs to inform us in advance if they will not reside in the United States when the grant is being paid out.


Dissertation Fellowship

Deadline: February 14, 2021 at 5:00pm

This  non-service fellowship supports a promising Carolina graduate student working in Jewish Studies in the advanced stages of his or her career at Carolina. The Dissertation Fellowship enables a student to focus full time on his or her scholarship, improving quality and shortening the time  required to complete a Ph.D. degree. This fellowship is available to all students in doctoral programs at Carolina whose work makes a contribution to the interdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies. This fellowship is designed to support students during their final years of graduate study.  Priority may be given to students with a formally approved dissertation prospectus, but students with a clearly defined  project without an approved prospectus are also encouraged to apply. Awardees receive a competitive $18,000 stipend, plus payment for the three-credit dissertation tuition, fees, and health insurance for one academic year. Please review this document for additional requirements and details regarding this fellowship.
Application Form: DissertationFellowship.Application.Spring2021


Summer stipend (award amounts: up to $5,000)

Deadline: February 28, 2021 at 5:00pm

The purpose of this stipend is to provide support to graduate students working in Jewish Studies who normally do not have sources of support during the summer months. The summer stipend is designed to enable students to focus exclusively on their research and move forward more quickly toward the completion of their degree. Only Carolina students who will be fully enrolled for both the spring semester and fall semester before/after the summer of the award are eligible to apply. In order for the student to be able to  devote her/himself exclusively to this summer research, it is expected that the  student will not be enrolled in any courses or hold any TA, RA or other service  position throughout the summer months. Please review this document for additional requirements and details regarding the summer stipends.
Application Form: Summer Stipend Application Spring 2021


Research and travel grants (award amounts: $500-3,000)

Deadline: February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm

All research and travel grants will require a single application. By submitting this one application, the faculty review committee will consider your materials for all appropriate research and travel grants. These grants include: Carolina Center for Jewish Studies graduate research and travel grants, Christopher Browning Holocaust studies research and travel grant, the Marcie Cohen Ferris Jewish history / Jewish gender studies research and travel grant, the Frances Carol Eizenstat student travel grant, and the Philip L. and the Melinda R. Kirstein research and travel grant. [Please note that the summer stipends and the year-long dissertation completion fellowship do require separate applications.]

With these grants, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports graduate student research and travel, including travel to present papers at scholarly meetings. These grants can be used to reimburse travel costs pertaining to research projects and/or costs for materials required for research, as well as to reimburse costs for travel, room, board, and registration costs at domestic or international conferences. Applicants must be Carolina students working on a topic in Jewish Studies. Students applying for grants to present at a conference must already have a paper on a Jewish Studies topic accepted for delivery at an academic conference. Please note that for scholarly meetings, the maximum amount of support is $1,000 for a domestic conference and $2,000  for an international conference. Please review this document for for additional requirements and details regarding the various research and travel grants.

Application Form: Graduate Research and Travel Spring 2021

The Center’s research and travel grants using the same application include:
Carolina Center for Jewish Studies Research and Travel grants. Award amount: $500-3,000. For undergrad and grad student research and travel, for any subfield of Jewish studies.
Christopher Browning Holocaust Studies Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel related to the field of Holocaust studies.
Frances Carol Eizenstat Student Travel grant. Award amount: up to $3,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student travel to sites in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and around the world that are significant for understanding modern Jewish history. Note: for 2021, this grant does not require travel.
Marcie Cohen Ferris Jewish History / Jewish Gender Studies Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,000. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel in the fields of Jewish history and/or Jewish gender studies.
And, Philip L. and Melinda R. Kirstein Research and Travel grant. Award amount: up to $2,500. With this grant, the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies supports undergraduate and graduate student research and travel in Jewish Studies with a preference for work on the Jewish experience in the American South.


Jewish language instruction grants (award amounts: $200-750)
Deadline: February 14, 2021 at 5:00pm
Graduate students taking Jewish language courses/workshops outside of Carolina are encouraged to apply for a stipend to offset costs. This is for courses/workshops offered outside of Carolina [such as YIVO] and support is for online or in-person courses. [We cannot provide tuition support for Carolina courses.] Funding is limited and preference will go to students that are active in the Center’s Graduate Student Network. Students, of course, must be working in Jewish studies at Carolina to be eligible for a grant from the Center. Maximum award amount is $750.
Spring 2021: Students enrolled in a Jewish language course spring 2021 semester should send a one-page letter that includes a summary of the course, your area of research and how this language skill will impact your research, and a brief budget that lists any other support you have received/requested specifically for this course. Send this letter to grants_jewishstudies@unc.edu no later than February 14, 2021.
Summer 2021: Students planning to enroll in a Jewish language course/workshop in summer 2021, should submit an application for a research and travel grant. Deadline is Feb 28th, and details can be found above.
Fall 2021 and ongoing: Starting in August 2021, at the beginning of each fall and spring semester, the Center will accept requests for support for Jewish language course fees. Anyone enrolling in a course outside of Carolina during the fall or spring semester is encouraged to request support.